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West Virginia/Okla. State plus Oklahoma/Kansas Picks; Top Games of the Week

West Virginia will be tested in Stillwater; Sooners to try to shore up defense; Florida State and Clemson?



Oklahoma’s Dimitri Flowers (36) catches a pass during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman Playing


West Virginia will find out how strong their defense is this week in the highlight game of the Week in the Big Twelve as they will try to hold the Oklahoma State Cowboys in check.  Both the Pokes and the Mountaineers will put points on the board in this major contest of the week.  Look for a tight fit for the winner and with West Virginia holding the better defense, the pick is 42 to 39 for the visitor.  But this one is so close that putting money on it would be foolish.

Oklahoma wlll score plenty and Joe Mixon will again show why he is one of the best backs in the country as the Sooners will dismantle the Jayhawks of Kansas 49 to 28 in Norman.  Baker Mayfield and DeDe Westbrook should hook uo for some big league scores also.

Baylor goes to Austin and this  Bear team does not stop the run.  Texas running back D’Onta Forman will carve up the Baylor rush defense and if the Horns can run clock, this one will be close.  Still, I will go with Baylor (no guts) in a 38 to 27 score. Upset here is very possible.

Kansas State and Iowa State tussle in Ames and I will always go with a Bill Snyder team over a rookie coach when things are almost even.  Home field will help the Cyclones but the Wildcats are my choice 24 to 17.

TCU and Texas Tech battle in Fort Worth and this will be a typical Big Twelve scoring fest.  Frogs hold the swamp pad here even though Patrick Mahomes II continues to impress.  TCU 63 and Tech 48.


Last Week in the Big Twelve:  3-1; For the season 35-8


Major National Games

Thursday, October 27

Virginia Tech 34 at Pittsburgh 28

USC 38 over California 34

Friday, October 28

Navy 27 at South Florida 20

Saturday, October 29

Michigan 37 at Michigan State 7

Louisville 41 at Virginia 15

Purdue 21 and Penn State 20

Georgia 20 and Florida 17

Ohio State 35 and Northwestern 7

Washington 31 at Utah 17

Wisconsin 28 and Nebraska 21

Boise State 37 at Wyoming 20

Ole Miss 25 and Auburn 20

Tennessee 24 at South Carolina 17

Texas A&M 62 and New Mexico State 7

Florida State 24 and Clemson 21

Kentucky 20 at Missouri 14

Minnesota 28 and Illinois 17

Georgia Tech 36 and Duke 27

Houston 28 and UCF 21

NC State 27 and Boston College 18

Notre Dame 26 and Miami Fla. 25

SMU 41 at Tulane 17

Oregon 47 over Arizona State 28

Washington State 38 at Oregon State 20

Stanford 24 at Arizona 17




Feature photo:  James Washington,  Oklahoma State (photo source:  Yahoo.com)







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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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